Travel Tips for Bali
Which airport do I fly into?
You will book a flight to Denpasar Airport. That is located in the south of Bali and is the second largest airport in Indonesia. Upon your arrival, if you are a US or UK citizen, you will be given a 30-day visa immediately (see Visa section for more information). The airport is very modern, with lots of international tourists and nationals as well. It is safe, well-taken care of, with signs in English. You will have no problem navigating the airport.
Do I need a visa?
Upon your arrival to Bali, you will be given a Free Visa if you are a citizen of the UK, US, Australia and Europe. This visa is valid for 30 days (our training is for a total of 23 nights, 24 days). Your day of arrival counts as Day One and your exit departure day, no matter if it's the morning or the evening, counts as a full day. Please remember that your passport needs to be valid for at least six months from the day you arrive. If you arrive and your passport is meant to expire in 5 months, you will not be allowed entry into the country. In addition, you must have at least one empty page in your passport for the entry stamp or visa sticker. Please note, this "Free Visa" is ONLY valid for 30 days and may not be extended. If you want to stay longer, you will have to leave the country and re-enter. However, if you know beforehand that you plan to stay in Bali for between 30-60 days, we recommend you obtain a "Visa on Arrival". Simply queue at the Visa on Arrival Counter in the Airport Arrival Hall and pay for this type of visa. You will, however, still need to have a visa agent in the country extend this visa for you before the 30 days expires. This process usually takes around 7 business days. The "Visa on Arrival" costs $35USD fee. In either case, using the Free Visa or Visa on Arrival, if you stay longer than 30 days, you will be charged a daily penalty of IDR 1,000,000 ($72USD) when you leave the country.
How do I get to the retreat centre?
Someone from the retreat centre will be there to pick you up. They will be holding a sign upon your exit from the airport into the Arrivals Hall. Please note, it is typical that people fly in on the same flight or within a close time span of another student. If this happens, we will carpool students to the retreat centre together. It is likely that your driver may not speak a great deal of English...not to worry, he knows where he's going!
Is it safe?
In one word, Yes! Indonesia and Bali in particular is safe for tourists. Bali is well acquainted with Western tourists hopping around their island and enjoying the beauty, climate and ease of island living. Balinese people are friendly and humble. Of course, when traveling, the normal precautions should be taken. The driving and road rules are different from those in your home country, so extra caution should be taken when crossing the roads. Be aware of your belongings, and make a concerted effort not to flash expensive jewelry, electronics or accessories. Lastly, the Balinese cultures is in many ways more conservative than Western culture. Keep in mind that public displays of affection are frowned upon in Bali, as are scantily clad women or men. Especially when visiting temples in Bali, shoulders and upper arms for both men and women should be covered, and a sarong or long skirt around the legs is expected.
What should I pack?
Upon acceptance to the course, we will email you a complete list of what to pack. You will of course have some set texts that you will need to bring with you. Of course you'll need to pack your yoga mat, a small yoga towel, and appropriate yoga clothes. Think light and loose clothing for your days off, as well as for the lectures and lessons after the morning asana practice. While the afternoon lectures will include some asana adjustments and teaching, it won't be as intense as the asana practice in the morning. Thus, you might wear shorts rather than yoga pants or leggings. Wearing a skirt during lectures cam be tricky, as you'll be seated for the majority of the time, or asked to demonstrate an asana.